Microwave Journal

Filtronic Ships 25k E-Band Transceiver Modules Targeting 5G Backhaul

February 11, 2019

Filtronic plc announced the company has shipped 25,000 high performance E-Band transceiver modules since first entering the growing E-Band market. Systems containing Filtronic’s core E-Band technology have been successfully demonstrated at data rates up to 40 Gbps.

The wide bandwidth available at E-Band (71 to 76 and 81 to 86 GHz) offers OEMs the ability to provide mobile network operators with multi-Gbps backhaul and fronthaul. E-Band is now experiencing significant growth following its identification as one of the critical wireless technologies required to address the demanding backhaul capacity requirements of 5G networks.

Orpheus, Filtonic's latest-generation transceiver, has a highly integrated architecture, enabling it to simply drop into the radio between the antenna and baseband modem. It has been widely deployed and field-proven in wide bandwidth, high capacity applications up to 10 Gbps per channel; it has now been qualified for deployment in the latest radio platforms specifically developed for 5G X-haul applications and continues to be a recommended transceiver product for new designs.

“Our latest generation E-Band transceiver product, Orpheus, went into production in 2016, and since then, 10,000 Orpheus modules have been shipped to several customers, including leading OEMs, for incorporation into their high-capacity mobile backhaul radio solutions. This recent success has added to the large number of earlier-generation E-Band products we had shipped, taking us past the 25,000 milestone. Strong ongoing orders have also been secured out to the financial year end.” — Rob Smith, CEO of Filtronic

Filtronic has also developed custom E-Band solutions for other telecom applications globally, including low size, weight and power (SWaP), multi-channel, high RF power systems employing highly efficient power combining techniques. The technology is integrated into the Cerus E-Band power amplifier module, which is targeted at applications including long-range defence, enterprise and High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS).

Filtronic will be exhibiting at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, 25 – 28 February 2019, at Stand 7B11 (Hall 7).